In 2009 Beijing’s Capital airport surpassed Chicago O’Hare to become the third busiest in the world, serving 65.3 million international and domestic passengers. The airport, which uses the international code PEK, served only 700,000 passengers fewer than London Heathrow, the world’s second busiest airport. With a 16% increase in traffic from 2008 ton 2009, it is projected that PEK will become the world’s 2nd busiest in 2010, but it is unlikely the 88 million passengers Atlanta Hartsfield airport serves will be surpassed anytime soon.
Beijing Capital airport completed a dramatic expansion in time for 2008 Olympics, the vast Terminal 3. Over a half mile long, this terminal is filled with modern retail and eating amenities as well as traditional Chinese decorative elements. Despite the huge volume of traffic, security and baggage service at the airport run swiftly and efficiently. A convenient and inexpensive high speed train connects the suburban airport with the center city.
Access China’s tours make extensive use of the excellent facilities at PEK